IPL 2021, RCB vs DC Live: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) Match 56, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Delhi Capitals (DC) on indiatvnews.com.
After a narrow four-run defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to get back to winning ways and end their league phase on a high when they take on Delhi Capitals (DC) in Dubai. The capital side has confirmed a top-two finish with 20 points from 13 matches. [RCB vs DC IPL 2021 Dream11 Prediction, today match playing XI, Fantasy tips, Match Streaming details]
22.10 IST: OUT! De Villiers also makes his way back. He attempts to whack it over square leg but picks out Iyer in the deep. Axar has done it for Delhi minutes after the timeout. Bangalore 61/3 after 10 overs.
21.59 IST: Bangalore 29/2 after 6 overs. Losing both the openers has dented Bangalore in the Powerplay. De Villiers (6*) and Bharat (16*) are trying to resurrect the run-chase.
21.45 IST: WICKET! Nortje strikes again as Kohli departs after scoring 4. Early blows for Bangalore here. The skipper tried to flick it away. Leading edge and it flies to Rabada at mid-on. Bangalore 11/2 after 3 overs.
21.34 IST: OUT! Golden duck for Padikkal! He top-edges it to Ashwin at third man. Nortje strikes in the very first over.
21.30 IST: Kohli and Padikkal start the chase for Bangalore. Nortje opens Delhi’s bowling attack.
21.18 IST: An 88-run opening stand between Shaw and Dhawan has helped Delhi score 164/5 in 20 overs. Shaw (48) and Dhawan (43) held the fort until the latter was dismissed in the 11th over.
Delhi lost wickets at regular intervals before Hetmyer chipped in with a 22-ball 29 cameo. Siraj was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/25 in four overs.
21.00 IST: WICKET! Bangalore were sniffing a wicket and Siraj steps up. Iyer lofts it towards long-on but picks out Christian. Ripal joins Hetmyer as Delhi look for some runs at the death. Delhi 148/4 after 18 overs.
20.57 IST: A drop in scoring rate for Delhi. In the last five overs, they have managed to add just 36 runs, also losing a wicket in the process.
20.48 IST: Hetmyer, Iyer looking for a strong finish. 16 off Christian’s over that featured two fours and a cracking six. Delhi 128/3 after 15 overs.
20.34 IST: OUT! Christian has been among wickets and he picks up the Delhi skipper to strike another blow. Christian’s delivery takes a faint edge off Pant’s willow. Easy picking for wicketkeeper Bharat. Delhi 108/3 after 13 overs.
20.29 IST: OUT! Shaw tries to go over cover, slices it up but picks out Garton. Chahal picks his first as Bangalore grab two quick wickets. Delhi 105/2 after 12 overs.
20.20 IST: WICKET! Slower delivery and another wicket for Harshal. He outfoxes Dhawan, who lofts it in the air to Christian at extra cover. 30th wicket for Harshal, two shy of the all-time record held by Bravo
20.13 IST: 11 off Chahal’s over and Delhi are 88/0 at the halfway mark. While Ishan has hammered the fastest fifty of the season in Abu Dhabi, Dhawan and Shaw are steady in the middle, scoring occasional boundaries and rotating the strike.
19.53 IST: First six off the match! Dhawan sweeps it over the deep backward square boundary. Shaw also joins in and drives it towards extra-cover for a boundary. End of the fifth over and Delhi are 45/0.
19.40 IST: Delhi 25/0 after 3 overs. Shaw and Dhawan are off to a steady start. Bangalore are still searching for the breakthrough in the first six overs of Powerplay.
19.20 IST: Bangalore are mathematically out of finishing in the top two. They had to win this match by 163 runs to take the second spot.
19.07 IST: Kohli – Going to have a bowl. The pitch does look a little bit dry. They’ve left enough grass in the game to sustain. Later in the second half, the pitch settles down a little bit. It’s been hard work adjusting to all kinds of surfaces, and the teams that have done so have qualified.
Pant – Pitch looks dry, would’ve looked to bat. Looking to improve each and every day as a batting unit. Right now we’re going fine. Same team.
19.02 IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and have opted to field
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat(w), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
18.54 IST: PITCH REPORT — Zero complaints about the hardness. Seamers have taken 83 wickets, and a quarter of those have been off slower balls. It’s an even contest between bat and ball here” – Matthew Hayden and Anjum Chopra on the surface.
18.50 IST: Bangalore have to win this contest by 163 runs if they have to claim the second spot on the points table.
18.40 IST: Head To Head: RCB 15 – 10 DC. The last time these two sides met, Bangalore won by one run.
18.37 IST: Harshal has bagged 21 of his 29 wickets in this IPL season. He has a chance to surpass Bravo, who had picked 32 wickets in the 2013 edition.
18.35 IST: Bangalore are third with 16 points from 13 matches, with a slim chance of finishing ahead of second-placed Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
18.20 IST: Both sides will aim to end their league stage with a win and build momentum ahead of their playoff matches.
IPL 2021, RCB vs DC Preview: Assured of a play-off berth, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to quickly recover from their loss in the previous game and finish the league phase on a high when they take on table-toppers Delhi Capitals in their final IPL round-robin game here on Friday.
While the Delhi side (20 points from 13 matches) has made sure of a top-two finish, a defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night has dented RCB’s chances of ending second in the points table. With 16 points and an inferior net run-rate to second-placed Chennai Super Kings, RCB’s hopes of a top-two finish has reduced after losing to SRH.
Skipper Virat Kohli, however, will keep an eye on the result of the CSK-Punjab Kings match on Thursday to get a clear idea about how to go about in their final match to snatch the second spot, which appears a tough task, to say the least. [FULL PREVIEW]